DURHAM, N.C. – Statistics from the six-game home football schedule this past fall indicate that Duke Athletics achieved a 79 percent diversion rate in its Zero Waste initiative.
Zero Waste is achieved when 90 percent of waste is diverted from landfill.
For the season, a total of 89,020 pounds of waste were collected with 21 percent (19,440 pounds) transported to landfill. The remaining waste was diverted through composting and recycling efforts. Duke registered one Zero Waste game on September 10 against Wake Forest when 13,340 pounds of waste were collected and only 980 pounds went to landfill for a 93 percent diversion rate.
“We made great progress this year,” said Bob Weiseman, Duke’s Assistant Director of Athletics for Athletic Facilities, Game Operations and Championships. “And we’re striving to reach the goal of having a complete Zero Waste season. This initiative is truly a partnership, and Chris Ryder, Reid Pakes, Becca Wilusz, Arwen Buchholz, David Bryant and TROSA, as well as our colleagues in Duke Landscape Services, University Environmental Services and Recycling and Sanitation Services, are to be commended for their efforts.”
Starting the Zero Waste initiative prior to the 2014 football season, Duke produced diversion rates of 48.6 percent and 45.2 percent in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In addition, Duke became the first ACC school to produce a Zero Waste game with a 94 percent diversion rate for the Pittsburgh contest on November 14, 2015.
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